The Tasmanian Greens today welcomed the announcement of moves by Federal MPs to deliver marriage equality at the national level.

Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said that the Greens hoped that the Bills being tabled in Federal Parliament would mark another important stage in ending legally-entrenched discrimination against same-sex couples in Australia.

Mr McKim said the Tasmanian Greens would be watching closely, and if the Bills failed to pass then the Greens would bring on their own Bills in the Tasmanian Parliament to create a state-based same sex marriage framework.

“The best outcome would be marriage equality at the Commonwealth level, but if the Federal Parliament does not deliver, we will move in the Tasmanian parliament this year,” Mr McKim said

“By going it alone on marriage equality Tasmania would not only lead the country in delivering fairness and equity, it would result in a significant boost to the state’s economy.”

“Experience around the world shows that tourism and hospitality would particularly benefit, and it would cost nothing to the State Budget.”

“We can’t hope to stamp out the discrimination faced by same sex attracted people in our community while our laws themselves continue to discriminate.”